Dubai: Harry Conway produced a hat-trick in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup to help steer Australia to an emphatic 212-run win over Nepal at Tony Ireland Stadium in Queensland.
After Australia piled up 294 for 7 in 50 overs thanks to Cameron Bancroft’s 125, Cornway’s hat-trick and Ashton Turner’s spell of 4 for 28 resulted in Nepal being bowled out for a paltry 82 in 23.5 overs.
Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson combined for a 160-run partnership for the second wicket — a record for an Australia side at an Under-19 World Cup — before Patterson was dismissed for 86.
Meanwhile, Pakistan registered an easy nine-wicket win over qualifiers Scotland at the Kev Hackney Oval on the Sunshine Coast.
Though Scotland produced the highest score of any of the four qualifiers in posting 200 runs, Pakistan won the match while losing just one wicket in in 36.2 overs in reply.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam reached his century with a six and then, with the scores tied, wrapped up the result with a four off the next ball to remain unbeaten on 106, which came off 120 balls with ten boundaries and two maximums.
Opener Sami Aslam slammed 78 to put on 163 for the opening wicket with Azam. Earlier, Scotland opener Ross Maclean hit a fighting 59.
West Indies extended their winning streak through a nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea.
Opener Sunil Ambris cracked a breezy 91 off 43 balls to help West Indies win the match in 11.4 overs after bowling out PNG for 116. Kyle Mayers sparkled again, taking three wickets for 12 runs, along with Jerome Jones, who bagged 3 for 15.
Sri Lanka, who lost their opening match to Bangladesh, downed qualifiers Namibia.
The Lankans posted an impressive 298 for 8, with opener Sebastian Perera top-scoring with 69. Namibia crashed to Lahiru Madushanka’s spell of 4 for 15. Madushanka had also scored 45 runs.